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Buying Guide for Fridges in Australia

A refrigerator is an essential appliance in the kitchen. However, they are not often thought of as being attractive or being a key design feature of the kitchen layout. Traditionally thought of as a simple, boxy and bland appliance used to store and keep food fresh, refrigerators have since transcended their reputation to become sophisticated and modern units that are both practical and stylish.

If your refrigerator has recently broken down or you’re simply looking to find the best model for a new home, take a look at this buying guide by Appliance Warehouse. It is designed to provide useful information on the types of fridges available, helping you to make an informed choice about which fridge will best suit your needs. 

What Type of Refrigerator is Best for Me?

The first thing to decide is the type of fridge that will be best suited to your needs. There are five style options to choose from, and each comes with its own pros and cons:

Chest Freezers

Known as the most economical and affordable design, the chest freezer offers large storage space, perfect for storing large items or food that was bought in bulk. It usually features built-in side wall insulation, which allows the freezer to hold cold temperatures very well, therefore utilising minimal energy to keep it running.

The drawback however, is that chest freezers can be inconvenient, as they require a lot of bending, reaching and moving food around to find what you’re looking for. They also often don’t include a fridge compartment, meaning another appliance will also need to be purchased.

Top Freezer

A top freezer design is one of the most common styles, where the bottom two thirds of the unit is used to store fresh food while the topmost unit stores frozen meats, vegetables, ice, and ice creams. As top freezer fridges are a traditional style, many modern options have surpassed it to become more popular, as they offer a fresher look and are laden with sophisticated features. If style is not much of a concern, then top freezers are a good choice as they are available in a wide variety while offering simplicity – a great bargain.

Bottom Freezer

If you typically store more fresh foods than frozen foods, the bottom freezer style will be perfect for your needs. Similar to the top freezer units, the bottom freezer styles are also simple, straightforward fridge designs that have simply swapped over the placement of the freezer. This is particularly handy for those who are constantly reaching for their commonly used ingredients without having to hunch over. Bottom freezer units are typically slightly bigger than top freezers, and there is less variety of models to choose from.

Side by Side Fridges

Side by Side fridge styles offer a stylish and contemporary look. Split vertically, the left half of the fridge is the freezer, while the other half is used for storing fresh foods. Some models offer equal sizes for both sections while others provide extra room for the fridge. Side by side units are available in a wide variety of models, and because they are a more modern style, they come equipped with many features such as organised shelving and temperature control. If your kitchen provides limited spacing, the side by side fridge is ideal as it requires much less clearance to open doors.

French Door

As one of the most popular styles in Australia at the moment, French door fridges offer a sleek and stylish look to any kitchen setting. They combine the drawer-style freezer of a bottom-freezer unit with the space-saving doors of a side by side fridge style. The result is a full-width, double-door fridge that boasts vast storage space.

Its clever design means that your fresh foods and temperature-sensitive foods such as milk will be kept fresher for longer, as you won’t be letting out much cold air when you open the fridge door. Some French door fridges come with separate freezer drawers, which offer greater flexibility when compared to traditional models.

Need More Help Deciding? Let Appliance Warehouse Help

If you’re still struggling to decide, let our experts help. We stock a huge variety of fridges and freezers in Australia, including many types that aren’t mentioned within this guide, such as vertical freezers, glass door bar fridges, wine fridges, single door fridges, and many more. With a huge variety to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect option to suit your budget as well as your kitchen. Call our friendly team today on 1300 783 469 to learn more about our products or obtain helpful advice and information.

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